WASHINGTON -- Members of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee released text for a draft of the CLEAN Future Act. The proposed legislation calls for net zero emissions of global warming pollution in the United States by midcentury. This science-based target looks to keep global warming below 1.5 additional degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change.
House leaders are asking for vigorous public feedback on the proposed bill in order to help congressional leaders lay the groundwork for passing comprehensive climate legislation in the future.
Andrea McGimsey, senior director for Environment America’s Global Warming Solutions campaign, issued the following statement:
“The devastating impacts of climate change are becoming more and more apparent to Americans every day, and they expect their elected leaders to act on solving this crisis. This bill has the ability to serve as a strong step forward in focusing the national conversation toward getting real solutions on the ground and cutting carbon emissions as quickly as possible.
“We encourage all Americans to engage in this critical dialogue about climate solutions. But for now, we thank Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Subcommittee Chairs Paul Tonko and Bobby Rush, and all the members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, including Chair Kathy Castor from the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, for their efforts on this pressing issue.”